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Re: Calling all MIT Sloan Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2010, 17:14
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My approach to the cover letter:

Intro - Why Do I fit at MIT Sloan? I addressed my campus visit, students I met and got to know, sense of community, innovation, energy, C-functions

Why Do I want to learn at MIT? Focus on deep, broad skills with spirit of mind and hand -> actually going out and putting ideas into practice to improve society, the G-Lab where one can use skills to assist businesses in emerging markets, Leadership development program, flexibility in exploring multiple career paths

WHat motivates me and how does this relate to what I can learn and contribute to Sloan? I explained I am motivated to become a better leader due to my combat experiences leading Soldiers against an determined enemy and protecting innocent civilians. I mentioned working to get towns up and running through micro-grant, government coordination, etc.

I said I can use the leadership, cross-cultural teamwork, and problem-solving skills I gained in combat to overcome adversity and plan through tough challenges during team projects etc. I said while I am not the smartest person, I have a huge reservoir of practical experience to draw from that would benefit my classmates.

I went into detail on these three things (leadership, teamwork, and problem-solving) and used those to structure my letter.

Briefly tie values / impact on organization? I explained all the previous paragraphs in terms of my key values (similar to army values of integrity, responsibility, team work, loyalty, selfless-service, being there when people need you no matter what the situation whether it is a personal problem or you are taking massive machine gun fire or got hit with a suicide bomber etc. I explaind my impact on the Army over the past 5 years and what is has meant to me, where I want to go in life, and how MIT can help me get there.

I concluded with the respectful type ending "Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you this winter."

Not sure if this will help anyone and if you think I am way off, might make you feel better about your chances for an admit.


Round 1 is almost here, im retaking GMAT in two weeks and finishing essays, damn this is rough haha
Good luck everyone.
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Re: Calling all MIT Sloan Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2010, 17:17
wp06 wrote:
Round 1 is almost here, im retaking GMAT in two weeks and finishing essays, damn this is rough haha
Good luck everyone.

Thanks for post wp06. I'm sure it'll help a lot of people around here.

Good luck on the GMAT!
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Re: Calling all MIT Sloan Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2010, 17:26
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Some strutural clarification to my post:

Greeting on Top

Paragraph I : I am seeking a place in the MBA Class of 2013, after visiting campus, participating in Class X, and meeting students like X, Y, Z, I am confident (insert whatever you want) that I will fit etc.

Paragraph II: Introduced my impact on an organization, I focused on the United States Army, I made sure to cite my progression up the ranks, increased responsibility, and demonstrated values/performance. I concluded my second paragraph with something like "I am confident that my leadership, teamwork, and problem-solving skills will help me to achieve the mission of MIT Sloan and advance the development of my classmates."

I then indented and expanded on the three sub-bullets so it looked like this:

Leadership: As a Platoon Leader in Iraq, I led my men......

Teamwork: Team Work: In Iraq, I was responsible for a remote patrol base that my Platoon shared with 40 Iraqi Army
Soldiers. I made every effort to learn their culture, improve their quality of life, share hardship.....

Problem-Solving: In combat, I was required to adapt to constantly changing situations. I had to adjust my plans based on logistics, risk, intelligence, and the enemy situation

Then I wrote my conclusion, tied up everything with how my experience at MIT (assessing fit), my past experiences/values, and my vision for the future tie in with the mission/core values of MIT Sloan. Then I did the thank you sentence/look forward to hearing from you etc.

Hope this helps people out,
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Re: Calling all MIT Sloan Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2010, 19:28
good work...wp06...The people on this MIT thread are really helpful. Appreciate it! :)
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Re: Calling all MIT Sloan Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2010, 20:05
+1 to your Kudos wp06. Thanks
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Re: Calling all MIT Sloan Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2010, 16:24
I have attended MIT Ambassador on Monday. Everything looks grate except one thing - finance class was overcrowded - some people sat on the stairs.
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Re: Calling all MIT Sloan Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2010, 21:35
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What do I write to explain why I am not using my current supervisor for recommendation purposes? Do I just say because it was not appropriate? I guess they understand, but what should I put in writing? Thanks
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Re: Calling all MIT Sloan Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2010, 22:05
Also, can I see what questions they ask of recommenders? Where can I see them?
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Re: Calling all MIT Sloan Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2010, 23:03
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mainhoon wrote:
Also, can I see what questions they ask of recommenders? Where can I see them?


I don't know if this is the official set from the form itself, but it's posted on the MIT Sloan website:
http://mitsloan.mit.edu/mba/admissions/ ... mmendation

Recommendations
MBA Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation. Professional recommendations are preferred from individuals who are able to speak with certainty about your professional achievements and potential. Recommenders must submit recommendations online. We do not accept mailed recommendations. Recommendations should not exceed two pages each.

Please choose recommenders who are able to provide specific answers to the following questions:

How long and in what capacity have you known the applicant?
How does the applicant stand out from others in a similar capacity?
Please give an example of the applicant's impact on a person, group, or organization.
Please give a representative example of how the applicant interacts with other people.
Which of the applicant's personal or professional characteristics would you change?
Please tell us anything else you think we should know about this applicant.

WRT your question about how to address a non-supervisor recommendation... I'm fairly certain most adcoms are aware that some applicants will not be able/willing to ask their boss for a rec (in case you wind up not attending - now your boss sees you as a flight risk). Just explain that your supervisor or office culture doesn't appreciate folks returning to school for graduate degrees. The other important thing is to explain why the person you DID select is qualified to provide an objective evaluation of your candidacy as an MBA student.
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Re: Calling all MIT Sloan Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2010, 05:11
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mainhoon wrote:
Also, can I see what questions they ask of recommenders? Where can I see them?


I don't know if this is the official set from the form itself, but it's posted on the MIT Sloan website:
http://mitsloan.mit.edu/mba/admissions/ ... mmendation

Recommendations
MBA Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation. Professional recommendations are preferred from individuals who are able to speak with certainty about your professional achievements and potential. Recommenders must submit recommendations online. We do not accept mailed recommendations. Recommendations should not exceed two pages each.

Please choose recommenders who are able to provide specific answers to the following questions:

How long and in what capacity have you known the applicant?
How does the applicant stand out from others in a similar capacity?
Please give an example of the applicant's impact on a person, group, or organization.
Please give a representative example of how the applicant interacts with other people.
Which of the applicant's personal or professional characteristics would you change?
Please tell us anything else you think we should know about this applicant.

I can confirm that this is the same list of questions that your recommenders will be ask to respond to.
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Re: Calling all MIT Sloan Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2010, 08:06
Thanks guys, another question.. I see they want to reference only the last 3 years in the essays. Is that also true for the recommenders? Do they also have to be from interactions in the last 3 years? I guess if I mention stories in the essays from last 3 years then it almost seems necessary that the recommenders be from last 3 years too? I have a recommender who is just outside the boundary 2006-2007 was my interaction with him, but that was the biggest accomplishment to date, so would not seem prudent to let go.. Thanks
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Re: Calling all MIT Sloan Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2010, 09:06
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Thanks guys, another question.. I see they want to reference only the last 3 years in the essays. Is that also true for the recommenders? Do they also have to be from interactions in the last 3 years? I guess if I mention stories in the essays from last 3 years then it almost seems necessary that the recommenders be from last 3 years too? I have a recommender who is just outside the boundary 2006-2007 was my interaction with him, but that was the biggest accomplishment to date, so would not seem prudent to let go.. Thanks


The 3-year limit applies to the essays, NOT the cover letter. I was in a similar dilemma and I therefore got this confirmed this with adcom. You could talk about your accomplishment in the impact part of your cover letter.
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Re: Calling all MIT Sloan Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2010, 10:12
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Thanks guys, another question.. I see they want to reference only the last 3 years in the essays. Is that also true for the recommenders? Do they also have to be from interactions in the last 3 years? I guess if I mention stories in the essays from last 3 years then it almost seems necessary that the recommenders be from last 3 years too? I have a recommender who is just outside the boundary 2006-2007 was my interaction with him, but that was the biggest accomplishment to date, so would not seem prudent to let go.. Thanks


The 3-year limit applies to the essays, NOT the cover letter. I was in a similar dilemma and I therefore got this confirmed this with adcom. You could talk about your accomplishment in the impact part of your cover letter.


Thanks wiredo. How do you talk to adcom though? Do they respond to email? Thanks
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Re: Calling all MIT Sloan Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2010, 10:32
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Thanks wiredo. How do you talk to adcom though? Do they respond to email? Thanks


I asked adcom this question during my campus visit, but I'm sure sending them an email would work too.
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Re: Calling all MIT Sloan Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2010, 15:50
Just submitted for R1 :shock:

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Re: Calling all MIT Sloan Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2010, 15:57
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Just submitted for R1 :shock:

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Re: Calling all MIT Sloan Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2010, 16:19
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Just submitted for R1 :shock:

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Re: Calling all MIT Sloan Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2010, 21:06
Thanks mainhoon and avern.
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Re: Calling all MIT Sloan Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2010, 06:27
Isn't the Sloan application absolutely incredible?! I am amazed by how succinct and precise it is. Particularly after filling out all the BS for Wharton and HBS (what hobby do you enjoy the most and why?, restating job responsibilities and accomplishments, salary information, company information, biggest challenge in the job etc.) it felt great filling out the Sloan application in just an hour!

I have visited Sloan and met alum from there too. Overall, I have faced the least BS from Sloan. If I do get in, it will be extremely difficult to turn it down :)
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Re: Calling all MIT Sloan Fall 2011 Applicants! [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2010, 06:32
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Isn't the Sloan application absolutely incredible?! I am amazed by how succinct and precise it is. Particularly after filling out all the BS for Wharton and HBS (what hobby do you enjoy the most and why?, restating job responsibilities and accomplishments, salary information, company information, biggest challenge in the job etc.) it felt great filling out the Sloan application in just an hour!

I have visited Sloan and met alum from there too. Overall, I have faced the least BS from Sloan. If I do get in, it will be extremely difficult to turn it down :)


are you saying you filled out EVERYTHING in 1 hour?? Essays, Coverletter?
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